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|Oscar Peterson, Stephane Grappelli|
Genres: Jazz, Pop
This 1979 meeting of Oscar Peterson with the ebullient French violinist Stephane Grappelli at a Danish jazz festival is a pure delight. Grappelli, whose unassuming virtuosity rivaled that of Peterson, takes a brilliant sol... more »
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This 1979 meeting of Oscar Peterson with the ebullient French violinist Stephane Grappelli at a Danish jazz festival is a pure delight. Grappelli, whose unassuming virtuosity rivaled that of Peterson, takes a brilliant solo on Django Reinhardt's "Nuages" and trades hot licks with Peterson on "Skol Blues." They are joined by guitarist Joe Pass and bassist Niels Henning Orsted-Pedersen (who had recorded a trio album with Grappelli the day before), plus drummer Mickey Roker. With so much talent surrounding him, Peterson felt no need to take over the performance with his customary showers of notes. --Rick Mitchell
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A fine recording of some of jazz's greatest virtuosos
Simon Murray | London, England | 07/30/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Skol is listed under Peterson, but Grappelli is clearly the star, and he dominates proceedings - quite an achievement - with Peterson, Pass and NHOP on stage.
Perhaps the greatest complement one can make of this well-recorded date is that all the "virtuosos" are in fine form. Peterson is quite restrained, but that's good.
If you have any worries about buying jazz played on the violin, or if you think you've already heard enough of Grappelli's style with Django Reinhardt, put those worries away. Grappelli's tone and style ripened elegantly with age. He never fell into the clichés that he might have done after the Quintette Du Hot Club de France. He was far too classy and sophisticated, and possibly bloody-minded, for that.
The first track, Nuages, is a real gem. By most accounts, the finest version of this tune Grappelli ever recorded. He plays it with perfect touch, including a part unaccompanied, and his violin sounds very beautiful.
Go for it! The music really is good, and under-rated; it deserves a much wider audience. And if you like this, try "Tivoli Gardens" (without Peterson) and the amazing "Trio" (with Peterson in top form, but without Grappelli).